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Dock to Dish

6 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk , New York 917-853-8559

Fishing boats anchored in Montauk. Ships like these

Fishing boats anchored in Montauk. Ships like these help contribute to the “Dock to Dish” CSF program. Photo Credit: Michael E. Ach

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Co-founder Sean Barrett works with 36 other commercial fishermen to supply fillets to individual shareholders and whole fish to restaurants on Long Island and in Manhattan. The company is in its third year. "I grew up on same-day sourced fish," says Barrett, who fished off Montauk and in Shinnecock Bay. "Ten years ago I was in Spain for the running of the bulls and was in this harbor town and saw fishermen come right up to the restaurant and offload their catch. You'd see the waitresses go to the blackboard and change the 'Catch of the day' on the spot. I thought, 'Why aren't we doing more of that here?' " This Community Supported Fishery uses sustainable fishing practices and fishes only for sustainable species. "I think people will see a dramatic difference in flavor, color and smell from fish at the grocery store." Barrett says their goal is 24 hours from dock to share member. So what do they do with the heads and bones from filleting? These is sold to a maker of organic marine fertilizer.

 

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